Do you need to replace your earth electrode? Do you have one? What is it, and why do I need one?
Have you ever been told by an electrician that you "must" fix something and wonderd - Do I REALLY have to? Maybe, or maybe not... But here's what you need to think of.
I often tell my clients that they require other works done at their premises in order to make simple additions. Why is that? Am I just ripping my customers off, asking them to do things they don't need?
Hmmm... If you have been following this blog for a while, you will realise that I am continually harping on about compliance and compliance certificates. The following picture clearly shows why. On the other side of the black panel are all of the circuit protection. Circuit breakers, fuses and main switches. The person who installed … Continue reading What’s wrong here?
I viewed a unit in Eastwood (in northern Sydney) today to provide advice on an electrical situation; during my inspection I found a switchboard that had recently had a fire. The switchboard had been badly repaired, and the repair work was non-compliant and dangerous. This exposed the tenant to serious safety hazards. I was significantly concerned by what I saw, so much so that I consulted the senior inspectors at Ausgrid for advice.
I was challenged by a friend this morning, who didn't agree with the main point of my argument presented in: "cheaper is ok right" The reason he challenged me was that, in his mind the amount of money that someone is paid, doesn't determine whether the job is a good job, or a bad job. He … Continue reading Cheaper or just more risky – part 2
I thought that I would share this article with a brief discussion, because it demonstrates some legal obligations that you may be required to abide by. I will only discuss electrical safety in this instance, but you may have other obligations from a building safety/WHS perspective as well. Electrical Safety As a home owner, landlord … Continue reading Electrical Safety
RCDs and RCBOs.
What are they, how do they work?
When should you test or replace them?